Eric Peters: A Talent for deception

Eric Peters: A Talent for deception

By Eric Peters When establishment Republicans like Jim Talent pat the president on the back, he might want to check for a knife. Talent recently praised Trump for not ending or even dialing back the Renewable Fuels Standard – a federal mandate which force-feeds billions of gallons of ethanol and biodiesel to American drivers, like […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500 new car review

By Eric Peters The market for really small cars like the Fiat 500 has never been really big in this country – land of (usually) inexpensive gas and super-sized SUVs. And BMW’s Mini got there first. No one else offered anything as cute – and as small – as the Cooper hatchback. It had the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Sportage new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Sportage new car review

By Eric Peters It is no easy task to find something worth telling you about crossover A vs. crossover B. Usually, it’s like trying to put together 2,000 words describing the difference between a green M&M and a red M&M.    But Kia gave me something to work with here. A couple things, actually. First, […]

Eric Peters: Worst things about old cars

Eric Peters: Worst things about old cars

By Eric Peters There’s a new reason for buying an old car. It’s not nostalgia, it’s not a love for classic lines – though those still come along for the ride. It’s a desire to drive something without all the stuff new cars come with. To be free of the hassle, expense and Big Brotherism of new cars – […]

Eric Peters: Why won’t they send me a Tesla to test drive?

Eric Peters: Why won’t they send me a Tesla to test drive?

By Eric Peters The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. If – as Tesla’s carefully choreographed public relations machine maintains – the range issue has been solved and the car’s functional performance (as distinct from how quickly it can accelerate on a full charge . . . once or twice) is as good as […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus RC Coupe new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus RC Coupe new car review

By Eric Peters For Lexus, the RC is a “radical coupe.” Radical looking, certainly. And it offers a V8. Circa now, that’s pretty rad. You may have noticed these are disappearing elsewhere. Including under the hoods of rival BMW coupes, which are four-and-six-cylinder-only now. But then, conservatism rears its head. No manual transmission – even with the […]

Eric Peters: Where’s Ralph?

Eric Peters: Where’s Ralph?

By Eric Peters Ralph Nader made his name “exposing” the design defects (as he styled them) of the Chevy Corvair. Leaving aside the fact that what he styled a “defect” was really more a difference – the Corvair was rear-engined and nose-light and so handled differently than the overwhelmingly front-engined and ass-light American cars that drivers of […]

Eric Peters: The best reviews money can buy

Eric Peters: The best reviews money can buy

By Eric Peters Car journalists aren’t supposed to be car salesmen. Or at least – if they are – they have an obligation to tell you they are. Else you might think their reviews aren’t exactly  . . . objective. Tesla gets some great coverage from certain journalists – who aren’t really journalistsbecause they are on Tesla’s […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW M2 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW M2 new car review

By Eric Peters Speed is not – contrary to the saying – always just a question of money. Sometimes, you get to pay less to go just as fast. And get some other worthwhile things, too. In the BMW M2 coupe, for instance. It’s just as quick as the very similar in shape and layout […]

Eric Peters: The “Pilot Car”

Eric Peters: The “Pilot Car”

By Eric Peters The Retard State advances – and its religion is the Safety Cult. There is fear everywhere. Danger lurks at every turn. People must be protected – chiefly, from themselves. No matter how much they don’t need to be, or because some other people do. Latest rite? The Pilot Car. It is usually a truck or van, […]

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